Essex

Fundraising football match for injured Cambridge United fan

Mr Dobbin's wife Nicole and members of his family attended the event
Image caption Mr Dobbin's wife Nicole and members of his family attended the event

A charity football match has been held in aid of a Cambridge United fan, left in a critical condition, after being attacked.

Simon Dobbin, 41, of Mildenhall, Suffolk, was attacked after Southend and Cambridge United played on Saturday 21 March, in Essex.

Mr Dobbin suffered a serious head injury and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Mildenhall football club played Beck Row, raising more that £1,500.

Hundreds turned up at the match, including Mr Dobbin's wife Nicole and his niece Elise Thompson, who set up a fundraising appeal website to raise money to help pay for his future care.

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Image caption A fundraising page has been set up to raise money for Mr Dobbin, seen here at the front

Ms Thompson said: "It has been absolutely amazing. It has gone up £1,000 a day, we're now at £9,100."

Another family member, Fay Meen, said: "We just feel devastated about what has happened. Simon is such a wonderful person and wonderful family man."

Ricky Duncan, Southend United academy manager - who also went to the game, said: "We're very shocked something like this has happened - that a minority of fans could do this."

The match finished 6-2 to Beck Row.

Image caption Police cordoned off the area after the incident

Mr Dobbin's friend Daniel Herrera organised the game at Mildenhall Town Football Club.

Simon Dobbin had been watching rugby in a Southend pub prior to the fight.

He then walked with with fellow fans to Prittlewell train station when they were attacked near the platform.

One man - a 47-year-old from Cambridge - has been cautioned for criminal damage while a 33-year-old Southend man and a 23-year-old man from Westcliff were arrested on suspicious of grievous bodily harm and later released on police bail.

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Image caption Mr Dobbin had been at the Railway pub watching rugby before leaving with friends to catch a train

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